Country: USA, Mexiko
The Vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is one of the smallest whale species (1.50 m long and weighing 50 kg) in the world and is found exclusively in the northern Gulf of California.
Its habitat overlaps with that of the totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi), a large fish of the umber family.
The Totoaba, which is also highly under threat, is intensively fished for the value of its swim bladder, which is believed to have healing effects in traditional Chinese medicine.
Vaquitas often die in setnets and ghostnets installed for the Totoaba.
As a result, the population has reduced by 95% within the last decade.
There are now only 9 animals left worldwide and it is on the brink of extinction!
A part of solution is to participate in the Yaqu Pacha e.V. campaign to track down, salvage and destroy these prohibited setnets and ghostnets.
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